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. and he is, at this time, in hawaii, the greatest leader. he served his country as a soldier, receiving the -- highest honor our nation can be so. when we think of how he began to serve his nation, it was difficult to believe the difficulty in hawaii as japanese americans to be a part of our nation's military, they were denied, they were considered aliens of this country. but he was one of those that wanted to serve his country and they went to the highest level to receive, to receive the dignity, and eventually they were given the honor to serve our country and as we now know, they became the greatest unit in military history with the most decorations of any unit and also with the highest level of decoration of the medal of honor. he served as a leader, the third longest serving member of the u.s. senate in our nation's history. he served as a defender of people of this country, championing his charges for civil-rights including the equal rights of women, asian americans, african-americans, native hawaiians. it is an incredible understatement to call him an institution, but this chambe
hawaii seek to be recognized. >> i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: resolved that the house of representatives, one, received with profound sorrow the news of the death of senator inouye, a senator from the state of hawaii. two, authorizes the speaker to appoint such members as he may designate to serve to represent the house in attendance at the funeral of the senator. three, directs the clerk to communicate this resolution to the senate and transmit a copy to the families of the senator and four, when it adjourns today, does so as a further mark of respect to the memory of the senator. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from hawaii is recognized for one hour. >> thank you, mr. speaker. earlier this week, my state of hawaii and our nation lost a truly great man, senator daniel k. inouye and began serving our country when he was 17 years old joining the army after the attack on pearl harbor. at that time, people questioned people who looked like him and that is why he join
the holidays in hawaii, his home state. do we know what, if anything, they are doing about that trip? >> reporter: that's not been announced yet, but since the congress is leaving, it would seem -- since the house of representatives, it would follow the president would go to hawaii for a period of time, would be my expectation. he could go sometime in the next few days, and then have christmas with his family, open the gifts in hawaii, and then come back shortly after christmas to try to cobble together a deal quickly before the new year, if that can be done. >> they've got until january 1st to do it. he was in the roosevelt room earlier in the day making a major announcement as well. tell our viewers about that. >> reporter: that's right. he used this opportunity to get one cabinet announcement under his belt. but he waited long enough to let -- it took long enough that susan rice first dropped out under pressure. that left john kerry as the last one standing and it's clear here at the white house the president and his aides expect kerry's confirmation to go very smoothly. you can e
daniel inouye of hawaii. his remains have laid in state in d.c., and in the state capital of allied. next, from the rotunda, john boehner, vice-president biden, and others. >> let us pray. gracious god, sovereign lord of history, thank you for the exemplary impact of senator daniel ken inouye on our national history. lord, we are grateful for the excellence that distinguished his significant career, for the quiet grace and dignity with which he represented the aloha state, and for the gift of discernment that enabled him to serve you faithfully for the good of america. as we express gratitude for the laudable footprints he left in the sands of time, give us your power to persevere in promptly doing what is right. made the memory of senator inouye's indefatigable faithfulness provide a benchmark for the lives of all labor for liberty. lord, intensify our dedication to make sacrifices for the good of our nation and world as we put our trust in you to do for us immeasurably, abundantly, above all that we can ask or imagine, according to your power, he working in and through us. -- more power
hawaii tonight to come back to d.c. let's speak to a republican from florida. congresswoman, you played a big role in getting a marine out of a nightmarish prison in mexico and back to his family for christmas. first, i want to ask you about the fiscal cliff and what's happening in the next couple of days. first, do you think it's possible we'll get anything other than a band-aid between now and six days from now when the triggers kick in? >> i'm very optimistic if all of us pull our weight and do some serious conversations we'll have a bipartisan solution, because nobody wants to go over this fiscal cliff. it will damage our economy. it will hurt every taxpayer, the largest tax increase in history. it will affect everybody, and anyone who is watching who thinks, oh this isn't going to impact me, you will fin out d o will, and we know the problem is a lot of spending. not that we're not taxing people more, we're just spending too much. we hope that the president understands that as for as republicans are concerned, we're willing to negotiate and have a civil conversation, but also he's
was a freshman at the university of hawaii. >> host: i apologize. take it one step back. how did she get to hawaii? >> guest: her father, who had been a furniture salesman in mercer island, or in seattle, washington, he got a job selling furniture in honolulu. he was always looking over the next thing. moving west. he moved from kansas, california, spent time and seattle, seattle to hawaii. so she came along as a family. she was only 17 when she graduated from high school, and excellent public school in suburban seattle. her name is stanley and. his name was stanley. barack obama had been there since 1969. also an undergraduate even though he was much older. and they both happen to sign up for a beginning russian class. this was during right after sputnik and the schools all of the country are starting to teach russian. it was the most important thing public schools could do, prepare the u.s. for the cold war. so they both ended up in a russian class and that's what the met. >> host: how long do they know each other before they got married? >> guest: they knew each other for five months.
the president cutting his holiday vacation in hawaii short to get back to work on avoiding the fiscal cliff. the white house says the president is set to return to the nation's capital tomorrow morning to try to hammer out a deal where lawmakers on stopping automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts from kicking in, which is set to happen, if you're not watching the calendar, six days from now. if they don't reach a deal many say it could send the country right back into recession. ed henry is live in honolulu, hawaii. is this a sign the president sees progress in the talks? >> reporter: well, good to see you. it may be the opposite. the president's not seeing progress and wants to get back to washington as soon as possible to goose the process. time is running out. economists say we could go into another recession if the fiscal cliff is not dealt with. we just learned house republicans convened a conference call with members to say be on 48 hours notice to come back to washington in the next few days to deal with this one way or another. the senate coming back into session tomorrow morning
a deal. >> aloha, hawaii. >> to my republican colleagues, the ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a pretty good day. >> they were this close. they were this close to a solution. >> he's going to get tax rate hikes. >> are we going over the cliff? >> i believe we are. >> be republican and be conservative and pass a bill that cuts tax. >> boehner has no control over his extreme right wing faction. >> should anybody's taxes be raised at this point? answer yes or no. >> no. no. ♪ >> we begin as president obama and the senate head back to washington set for one last effort to avert the first fiscal cliff. aloha means good-bye for the president as he packs bound for the white house tonight. the president cutting short his vacation leaving michelle and the girls behind as he gets back to work to try to prevent tax increases and spending cuts due to begin next week. there's just one problem. it appears there would be no house republicans to help hammer out a deal. the gop leadership has not yet called their members back to d.c. and will not be in session tomorr
indignation at comic and akamai hawaii, new york and chicago. david maraniss spoke with relatives and discovered the president's african ancestral history. he toured houses were young barack obama lifted into a shot and found a kansas family homes in neighbor's mother family began. and for the next two hours and david maraniss discusses his latest book "barack obama: the story." and then take your calls e-mails and treat. >> host: david maraniss, you write in "barack obama" but no product could be more the product of randomness than that of barack obama. >> guest: is the whole world coming together and hung on the lulu, who happens to come there from kenya because he reads the story and this is a great place because of its diversity and a mother who can't say because she is a father who has his wanderlust and is never satisfied and set up and a class and here comes barack obama who emerges as a whole global random access into his own until he becomes president he becomes president of the united states. >> host: braid
in hawaii where the president is spending the christmas holiday. brianna, the president maybe a little too optimistic that a deal can be reached? aloha, by the way. >> he did say last night that he is a hopeless optimist that something can get done, but what we know, it's not going to be that big package, obviously of deficit reduction as well as dealing with these tax hikes that are set to kick in. that's not what's going to be happening, instead, he's pressing for something smaller just to a deal with stopping those tax hikes from kicking in for americans making $250,000 per year or less. and also trying to make sure that unemployment benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction.
and the president to get their act together. the president took a red eye flight back from hawaii. why did congress and the president go on raication at all. >> yeah, we all go to work. >> there is nothing on the table . kelley. >> a lot of people feel they are left in the lurch by the president and congress. and they didn't get the job done . here's what we are facing. we are teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff. there are many members in congress who disaagree raising of tax. the president had gone up to $400,000 when house speaker boehner would raise the tax hikes . but the sticking point is enments and spending. >> clayton: the republicans saying that the president and democrats not forth coming enough on entitlements. here's what will unfold in a few short days as we break this down to you. >> put your seat belts on, people. >> clayton: tax rates will hit these numbers and you go up to 120,000 . you will see 31 percent up to 36 percent . in these tax rates as they climb up. >> here's the bottom line. average tax rate of 2,000 to $4000. it is an additional 13,944 . millionaire's status whi
honolulu, hawaii where the president and first lady have just arrived. hundreds of hawaiians started gathering saturday to welcome the senator home and pay respects. inouye was a recipient for the medal of honor for his braver. kristen welker joins me now from honolulu. a warm christmas, i see. >> reporter: yes indeed. it is lovely here. >> the president is on christmas vacation and so is congress. that doesn't mean they don't have work to do as the fiscal cliff looms. i take it this is a working vacation. >> reporter: white house officials have described this as a working vacation and talks are going on behind the scenes between white house staffers and hill staffers. the reality is the bulk of this probably won't get done until after christmas when lawmakers are expected to resume negotiations. there is a lot of frustration especially among senior members in both parties in part because president obama, house speaker john boehner seem so close to getting a deal done. they were really close on taxes and entitlement reform. we saw that last week house speaker john boehner couldn't ge
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's flight is cancelled. >> gretchen: we'll talk about that. say aloha in hawaii. president obama will return early from his family's vacation and get back to worth work on the fiscal cliff. peter doocy is live with more on the vacation cutting his vacation short. >> the president will get one more full day of sunshine in hawaii befored hading back to dc. air force one is expected to leave 10:00 p.m. where he is. 3:00 a.m. eastern time and that will get him back thursday morning where he & and speaker boehner need to figure out how to bridge a 400 million dollar gap in their positions to avoid the fiscal cliff. the last time we heard from the president, he thought a break would benefit and bring lawmakers together. to make a difference >> everybody can cool off and drink egg nogand have christmas cookies and sing christmas carrolls and enjoy the company of loved ones and ask every member of congress when they are back home to think about that. think . obligations of people who cent us here. >> speaker boehner is expected to return to dc any time he with drew the republican plan b deal that ex
six days away. the president plans to leave hawaii today and head back to washington to meet with lawmakers. where heed he and his wife, michelle, spent christmas visiting u.s. troops and their families in hawaii. to beat the january 1st deadline senate majority leader harry reid is said to be crafting his own fiscal package. it would extend the bush era tax cuts for households making less than $250,000, extend long-term unemployment, short-term spending cuts, and make a scheduled drop in medicare reimbursement to doctors. house speaker john boehner said they've had no communication with senator reid. >>> the exconwho ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters in upstate new york may have murdered his sister. her body was found yesterday, and police say william spamglor had the same kind of military rifle used in the connecticut school massacre. he left behind a chilling note. >> reporter: the christmas eve fire in western new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and
. that is the last day of fiscal cliff talks. the president departed hawaii to return to washington, where it is not just the temperature that is chillier. talks cooled over the holidays over how to avoid the massive tax hikes. they are set to begin in just a few days. >> taxes are going to go up no matter what. they could go up a lot more, and that is where the political hit comes. >> house republicans point the finger at the other chamber, saying the senate must act on a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff. a spokesman for harry reid some are blaming the gop for the holdup. no further legislation can move unless republicans drop their knee-jerk obstructionism. if the country falls off the fiscal cliff, it may feel gradual at first, except on wall street. >> the reaction from the financial markets and the stock markets -- you could see something quick. >> a top ceo is hoping to jolt them into action. he wants employees to write " come together" on the coffee cups. >> i am maintaining my optimism that we will see the republicans and administration come together and do what is right for the coun
growing up in hawaii that america every america has a place for everyone. may god bless daniel inouye, and may god grant us more souls like his. ♪ ♪ somewhere over the rainbow blue birds fly ♪ >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington where we are expecting to see the first major announcement for president obama's second term. his cabinet choices. this hour the official selection of john kerry as the futures face of the state department. former president bill clinton departing that memorial service. the funeral for senator inouye moments ago with president obama taking time to speak with senator kerry after the service. joining me now for our daily fix chris alissa, msnbc managing editor of post politics.com jeffrey goldberg, national correspondent for the atlantic washington bureau chief susan page, and the "new york times" white house correspondent mark lamb berg. let's talk about the pick of john kerry. we knew it was coming. the timing is interesting. they wanted to do this before christmas, but then we thought it was going to be after christmas, even from the kerr
of capitol hill was laid to rest in his home state of hawaii. in attendance was president obama. a 19-cannon salute was fired at senator daniel inouye's funeral. he died laths week at the age of 88. >>> new insight into mitt romney's failed presidential run. tagg romney says his dad never wanted the top job. he wanted to be president less than anyone i have met in my life, says tagg. he said his father is a very private person who simply does not like attention. >> interesting field to get into if you don't like attention. >>> out in space, a unique holiday show going on. jupiter and the moon will be in con vux in the evening. they're already close together in the sky and bright enough to be visible around the world, even if you're in a big city. >> with a home telescope you can see the moons, the mountains, the krarts. with the naked eye, you'll be able to see the show. enjoy a little, you know, christmas -- a different kind of christmas gift. >>> time for sot highlights from week 16 of the nfl. we get them from espn. >>> cassidy hubbarth with your espn update. the steelers trying to stay i
, the president returned to the white house early from his christmas break in hawaii. the senate also returned to session. house speaker john boehner says the house will be called to order sunday and warns lawmakers they may work through friday. ford is expanding in the great lakes state. the automaker will invest $773 million in additions to four of its michigan factories. ford says it'll create 2300 new jobs and may lead to a goal adding 12,000 new jobs across michigan by 2015. the star of the hit tv series "grey's anatomy" is attempting to buy a coffee chain. patrick dempsey, better known as mcdreamy on "grey's," is said to be bidding on tully's coffee shop, which filed for chapter 11 banruptcy back in october due to a cash flow issue. it goes up for auction next week. tully's started up in 1992 in seattle and has multiple stores in washington and california along with nearly licensed locations across the country. the actor says he's stepping up to buy the chain to save jobs in the seattle area. five infant deaths have caused major retailers to recall a popular infant recliner. 150,000 "nap
. >>> also this morning president obama cutting short his vacation in hawaii, heading back to washington that. will happen tonight to work on a fiscal cliff deal. don't wait for washington to reach a deal by the end of the year. coming up, what you can do right now to minimize the impact on your own bottom line. >>> jessica simpson used the holiday to confirm she is pregnant once again. she tweetd a picture of her 7-month-old daughter maxwell with the words "big sis." >>> in mobile, alabama, for us this morning, jim cantore. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. storm prediction center said we had as many as 34 tornadoes yesterday. average for the month of december is 26. church behind me here heavily damaged, two sections of the roof have been torn off and dropped below. christmas morning, that church was full of people and parishioners attending christmas service. power poles have been taken down as well. the last thing people in mobile expected on christmas day was to be cleaning up after a tornado. >> oh, my god! look at that. >> reporter: this was the scene in downtown mobil
, even the president himself. we would all like to go to hawaii but honestly it was very upsetting. so many people i talked to over the holidays they are saying what are they doing? they should be sitting there doing the tough work we pay them to do, representing us in their various districts and states. >> the optics are terrible, but here's the reality, kimberly. and i'm not disagreeing with the folks that told you that. but the reality is when we are in washington there's one person negotiating on behalf of the house and then 434 people are sitting around naming post offices or playing solitary on their computers. there's only one person who is negotiating on behalf of the house and that's john boehner. and frequently he's negotiating by himself. i'll say this, it's good for us to go home to the people we work for so we can get an earful, as i have gotten over the last three or four days, whether it's the grocery store or church or wal-mart or this morning while i was running someone stopped me and gave me an earful, which i very much need. so if you are going on vacation, then, no,
. >>> another veteran on capitol hill was laid to rest in his home state of hawaii. in attendance, president obama. a 19 cannon salute was fired at senator inouye's funeral which took place in honolulu. the president and first lady, who are in hawaii on vacation right now, were among the mourners at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. he died last week at the age of 88. >>> only one week to go, and there's still no deal preventing the economy from going over the fiscal cliff. members of congress are pointing fingers over who is to blame for the lack of progress to prevent tax hikes and spending cuts. connecticut's independent senator joe lieberman expects congress to work right up to the new year's eve deadline. but he's not even sure that's going to be enough. >> it's the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks right now. due back later in the week. one possibility
longest serving senator in u.s. history. he represented the state of hawaii for nearly 50 years. the 88 year old died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> 16 after the hour. an investigation under way into the apparent suicide of an elite navy s.e.a.l. commander in afghanistan. 42-year-old job price died on saturday. he was from pottstown, pennsylvania. his unit was based in virginia beach. he was the commander officer of s.e.a.l. team 4. there's no indication that he was involved in an investigation or controversy. he's survived by his wife and daughter. >>> wednesday marks the eighth anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit south asia. the catastrophe killed more than 226,000 people. more than 50,000 bodies have never been recovered. thailand will mark the day with a vigil. since the disaster hit in 2004, millions of dollars have been allocated to seismic and tsunami information centers. >>> this morning we're hearing from one of the victims of the mall shooting in oregon. she said the gunman walked past her with what she thought was a paintball gun and momen
is in honolulu. i'm not going to tease you about hawaii being a junket, because i know it's hard work and you're doing something. >> thank you. >> absolutely. i'm a little jealous of the water and backdrop and sand. never mind. i won't hate here. tell us, are there any conversations that are going on between the president, the republicans, the democrats, anybody to aavoid the fiscal cliff? >> reporter: well, this is what may be alarming to learn, suzanne. obviously, the white house is always in concert with senate democrats. there's always an open line of communication there, but there are really no substantive discussions going on with the white house and senate democrats with republicans both in the house and the senate. that may seem troubling at this point, because obviously eyes are turning towards the senate as it is going to reconvene on thursd thursday. if this fiscal cliff is to be averted, it has to get through both the senate and house with some republican support. so you're hearing pessimism now on both sides. take a listen to a democratic and a republican senator and how they see
's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> the president heading back to d.c. from hawaii to try to keep america from going over the fiscal cliff. as the house and senate reconvene tomorrow. the clock is ticking. six days until the deadline. the way things work in washington, can they actually get something done before the end of the year? brianna keilar, what is the latest on this? >> hi, there, drew. president obama will be heading home from hawaii tonight, logical time arri arriving in d.c. thursday morning when the senate will be reconvenin reconvening, and the senate, all eyes on now, that we look for the last-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. even though the president is returning on thursday, we may not see the senate roll out its bill to deal with the fiscal cliff. perhaps for a couple of days. this is entirely possible we've learned from sources as senate majority leader harry reid works to get republican support in the senate, which he will need if he's going to pass a bill. and so we're still waiting to see exactly what it will look like that the white house wants for th
. >> and the president isn't going to hawaii now, right? >> the last i heard, it was still up in the air. you can't imagine he would have a vacation now. or any of them shouldn't have a vacation now. but we don't know. so cliff hanger is the right word for sure. >>> now we turn to a political eye opener and a new poll about the republican party. for the first time, the majority of americans, 53% in fact, say the republicans are too extreme. that is up from 40% just two years ago. also 22% of the republicans polled now admit their party is moving beyond the main stream. >>> another madoff family member heads to prison for being part of that multibillion dollar ponzi scheme. bernard madoff's younger brother, peter, has been sentenced to ten years. he pled guilty in june to conspiracy and falsifying the records of an investment adviser. the younger plaido eer madoff s didn't know about the fraud until his brother told him. a new judge in new york said she had a hard time believing that. >>> and call this an indication of the reduced influence of the 220-year-old new york stock exchange. it's being b
? then paradise lost. will president obama leave hawaii behind the day after christmas if a deal is in the works and the election hangover. new comments from one of mitt romney's sons that you might describe as puzzling. what do they really mean? and the gun battle rages on. new reports on why nothing may get done even after the sandy hook tragedy. >>> a massive tax hike and spending cuts -- republicans and democrats continue to point fingers in opposite directions, hinting that talks could go into the new year. >> are we going over the cliff? >> i believe we are, and i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> we only have nine days left here. when are we going to get serious about actual solutions? i would welcome john to tell me. he says he wants a solution. give us one, john. >> meanwhile, president obama is spending christmas in hawaii where he and the first lady attended the holiday memorial service for the late u.s. senator from daniel inouye. >> white house correspondent kristen welker. kristen, obviously
in hawaii. >> the first couple sat down with our very own barbara walters before their vacation. we pick up their conversation with talk about their family. >> i want to talk a bit about the girls. we've been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. malia recently got her first cell phone. do you monitor it and see who she calls or who she texts? >> i give my daughter, i give her a long rope, and there is monitoring, because we have rules. but monitoring may be, you never know when i'm going to walk in your room and i'm going to ask you who are you talking about and are you talking about school work? >> and they're not very good at lying. we joke sometimes about how malia is getting to the age now, boys start calling and sort of -- i always talk about how one of the main things about running again was continuing secret service protection. >> mr. obama, there is a photograph of you that became viral, became the most shared photograph in the history of twitter. how do you keep the fire going? >> that's a good question. >> you know, we've been married now 20 years, and like eve
. and finally amazing images from hawaii's big island. it is lava streaming right into the pacific ocean. tourists are blocking to the area to watch the orange glow and eruption of steam. >>> a little sports. we'll start with the nba. thunder, nets. oklahoma city's kevin durant had 32 points against brooklyn and the thunder beat the nets 117-111. in houston, greg smith had a strong second half against the lakers. and they took the lead on three point shot from tony douglas. houston over los angeles 107-105. college basketball, number three michigan rolled over western michigan, 73-41. and that extends the wolverine's streak to seven wins, no losses. congratulations to them. late in the second half, north carolina state's c.j. lessly takes it to the hole for the jam. the wolfpack defeats uconn 69-65. >>> the "boston globe" reports that the red sox have made a three years, are $38 million offer to dodgers and phillies center fielder shane victorino. >>> and los angeles galaxy soccer star david beckham finally said good-bye after six years, thanked his fans. the team won its second mls cham
of hawaii, a highly decorated wofford war two combat veteran and the second longest senator in history died on monday. the senate passed a resolution naming patrick leahy as new president pro temps, the third in line to the presidency. good morning, everyone, on this tuesday, december 18, 2012, as senators say goodbye to their longtime colleague yesterday, they will be welcoming a new senator from the state of south carolina. and tim scott has been tapped to replace jim demint. and the papers reporting progress being made about the so-called fiscal cliff talk. first, we return to the tragedy to discuss mental health issue in this country. what should be the role of the federal and state government if any in mental health? also send us a tweet, twitter.com c-spanwj or facebook .com/c-span or send us an e-mail. let me begin with the hill newspaper this morning and this headline. mass murders spark wide debate on violence. congressional debate in newtown, connecticut has gone far beyond gun control to include a focus on mental health programs and pervasive violence in popular culture. lawmaker
vacation to hawaii because of the ongoing stalemate. nick ratner has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: in a stunning surprise, splits within house republican ranks forced speaker john boehner to cancel a planned vote on his tax cut bill. >> the house will call of the chair. >> reporter: in a statement, speaker boehner said his plan "b" tax bill did not have sufficient support to pass. the speaker said, it's now up to the president to avert the fiscal cliff. boehner, earlier, had said he hoped to revive stalled white house negotiations. >> the president and i are going to have to work together to solve those challenges. >> reporter: many house republicans told party leaders they would not support a bill that violated their no tax hike pledge to raise tax rate, even on millionaires. senators have been told to plan on being back in washington two days after christmas, in an effort to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff. nick ratner, abc news, at the capitol. >>> and the impact of the impasse is already being felt around the world this morning. all of asia's majo
this morning. the president cut short his christmas vacation in hawaii to get back to washington. congress will also be in session today, amid fading hope that a deal could be reached by the new year. no agreement would mean deep spending cuts and historic tax hikes for virtually every american. >>> officials in newtown have a message for people who want to send gifts to the grief-stricken town. please don't. they say gifts, from school supplies to artwork, have arrived in such numbers, they overwhelmed the small community's ability to process them. a fund established after the shooting to support newtown has grown to $3.5 million. >>> meanwhile, hundreds of schoolteachers plan to attend firearms training today in salt lake city. the 200 teachers come from districts across utah. they have volunteered for the concealed weapons training. it's offered every year. organizers say in past years, only a few dozen teachers attended the training. they're expecting an overflow crowd because of this month's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the two firefighters hurt in that deadly shooting near ro
, senator. >> reporter: but to swear in a new democratic senator from hawaii. a vote the white house will need if the senate ever gets around to voting on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff. in the house, even less going on. the only hopeful words, from the house chaplain, looking for some divine help. >> as this chamber lies silent, still, we pray for hope. >> reporter: without agreement soon, nearly everybody takes a hit. a schoolteacher with two kids and a salary of $43,000, for example, will face a tax hike of more than $3,000. members of congress helped get us into this mess and they'll pay, too. with incomes of $174,000, they'll pay some $7,500 more in taxes. as for the super rich? well, consider basketball phenom lebron james. he makes about $53 million. he could see his taxes go up by more than $2.4 million next year alone. and it's not just taxes. on january 1st, unemployment benefits expire for some 2 million people. and we've just learned the president will meet tomorrow at the white house with congressional leaders. one last ditch effort to get something done, david. >> jon
the rare win in knoxville. >>> how about the dons in hawaii? going up against san diego state. got to be nice and warm there huh brian? >> i would think so. 80s or so. >> do loon at the buzzer then watch this. this is how they celebrate. that's a girl. poor girl throwing her down. what's he doing? all right usf trailed by five at the half. but chase taply took over for them. one of the six three balls on the afternoon and aztecs run away with it. they beat the dons 80-58. >>> all right, giants fans, remember this guy? cody ross. well, he's coming back to the national league west. not with the giants though. today one of the 2010 postseason heroes for the giants agreed to a three year, $26 million contract with the arizona diamonds backs. last season he was with boston with 22 home runs and batted .276. >>> with a win tomorrow night against the seahawks the 49ers will clinch the nfc west for the second straight year. but tomorrow is more than just a football game for john harbaugh. vern glenn spoke with the coach in this week's coach's corner. >> sunday you got a birthday coming up.
this holiday in hawaii. this is new video of them arriving at the air force base from overnight. the president said he will be back in washington next week to deal with the budget but he is not the only one leaving town. republicans and democrats, senators and representatives all headed home for the holidays before reaching any agreement on ways to avoid end of the year tax hikes and budget cuts. the house speaker used the gop weekly address to say republicans will maintain their focus on reaching a deal. >> i have challenged the members of our party to grapple with these issues, to make choices and we are willing to because washington has a serious spending problem. this was the year of the size our debt, all 16 trillon dollars of it passed the size of our economy. it's a grim milestone. >> both sides continue to blame the other for not compromising. with no agreement the budget cuts and tax hikes will go into effect january 1st. >> it's more likely than ever that eastern and gulfports will be shut down by a strike. nearly 15,000 dock workers at ports from boston to houston are ready to wa
obama leaves his tropical retreat in hawaii for a wintry washington, tension on capitol hill is on high. >> i don't see how you could hammer out any kind of a grand bargain or large plan involving tax reform and entitlement changes in a matter of days. >> reporter: serious doubt is setting in. even starbucks is getting involved, writing "come together" on its cups. speaker john boehner says he's sitting this round out after failing to get enough house republicans to support his own plan just before christmas. >> i think that boehner is being controlled, unfortunately, by the right wing. >> reporter: that leaves it up to majority leader harry reid and the rest of the senate to find a passable solution. aides say reid's plan would avoid tax increases for people making less than $250,000, eliminate some big spending cuts and restore unemployment benefits. >> i think you're likely to see a two-step process here, one sort of dealing with the immediate dynamics so that you could in fact set up a situation where you could deal with the larger situation. >> reporter: without a deal, bush-era ta
article and we want to show you -- according to one article, the nominee has flown back from hawaii with the president on air force one. most of the papers are filled with articles about the fiscal cliff issue. joining us now is merideth shiner of cq roll call. ms. shiner. guest: ms. shiner seem so formal. we're having a recession in between christmas and new year's. that has not happened since the 1970's. maybe we should play disco or maybe they should just finished their work so they can stop making terrible jokes. i think you are a point to see some push in the next few days to try to get some sort of small deal done. you have to remember and your viewers will notice, because they are fans of the legislative process, anything that gets done, it has to get done very quickly in order for there to be time before new year's for it to be approved and signed into law. today's the 27th. the senate comes back in session today, the house is in pro-forma so it probably will not do any work. you only have a few days left for lawmakers to make a deal -- ink a deal. the president took off las
left hawaii. he left last night, arriving in d.c. early this morning. the senate is also coming back from its christmas vacation to work on a deal today. sources tell us majority leader harry reid will be pushing a scaled back version of the fiscal cliff package that president obama laid out last week. it moved the tax hike needle to $400,000 per household. no word yet on when the house might come back with time ticking away. democrats are hoping that a scaled back plan could get through the house, senate and white house before that big ball drops on 2013. that would be sometime on december 30th or even on new years eve. we want to bring in jonathan allen. he's a senior national correspondent for politico. the top headline on politico is fiscal cliff deal increasingly unlikely. i think a lot of people are feeling that pessimism right now. what are you hearing? >> well, i think what you've got here, alena, is a nash equilibrium to borrow from economic theory and game theory. each of the players believe they are pursuing their optimal strategies given the strategies of the other player
his death as a possible suicide. he was 42 years old. >>> and in hawaii today, president obama and first lady michelle obama attended a memorial service for one of the president's personal heroes, senator daniel inouye passed away monday after nearly 50 years in congress and serving our nation in world war ii. >>> still ahead as we continue on nbc nightly news, the new warnings from the feds about who's tracking your kids on all those mobile devices, sometimes collecting personal information without their knowledge. >>> and later, they are on track to make a big difference for a lot of kids this christmas. [ male announcer ] introducing centrum flavor burst adult multivitamins... a delicious new way to get essential vitamins you need. just bite into the tasty shell... to a chewy vitamin core collecting personal information new centrum flavor burst. an intense burning sensation i woke up with this horrible rash on my right side. like somebody had set it on fire. and the doctor said, cindie, you have shingles. he said, you had chickenpox when you were a little girl... i said, yes
. show me the money. missouri, just $2.95. most expensive is in hawaii. a significant development, josh. for the first time this year, gas is under $4 per gallon in all 50 states. and that's a little bit of relief, considering this is going to be the worst holiday traffic season on record in six years. a little bit of a break for our wallets. >> as we just heard, paula, thank you for that. >>> meanwhile, he's been called the giant of the senate and a true american hero. tributes pouring in for hawaii senator daniel inouye. he won the medal of honor for bravery in world war ii and then overcame racial prejudice to become the first japanese-american in congress. he went on to serve 50 distinguished years in the senate. a fellow hawaiian, president obama, tweeted this. aloha, danny. senator daniel inouye died monday. he was 88 years old. >>> and hazing charges are being filed after the death of a freshman student at northern illinois university. police say 19-year-old david bogenberger was forced to drink during a party at the pi kappa alpha fraternity house. his blood-alcohol level, five
. but president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight, so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. and they can try once again to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff by the end of the year. just about every american family will see their taxes increase on january 1 unless a deal is reached. but lawmakers are expressing very little optimism so far. meantime, the president spent christmas in hawaii, visiting a local marine base, thanking more than 100 troops and their families for their service. >>> and this morning, the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing at a major u.s. base in eastern afghanistan. three afghans, including a guard at camp chatman were killed in today's explosion. >>> and back here at home, former major league baseball player andruw jones is free on bond this morning. he was arrested near atlanta early christmas morning on a battery charge, after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute with his wife. >>> and netflix, they are apologizing for a christmas outage in its vid
. criminal charges against him were dropped. >>> the state of hawaii is no longer 50th in voter turnout. it's tied for 49th with west virginia. this time around, they've got company at the bottom. both west virginia and hawaii tenned out 44.2% of its voters in 2012. >>> the duke of cambridge decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at a military event to be with his pregnant wife. katherine has been battling acute morning sickness. they are supposeded to attend the royal premiere of "the hobbit" tomorrow but the daily mail says katherine may not be well enough to go. >> if he skips the hobbit for her, that is true love. i'll be impressed. >> thank you. 17 minutes past the hour. time for early reads, local news making national headlines. we're starting with the charlotte news and observer in north carolina where a federal judge ruled the state cannot issue choose life license plates without offering ones with different view points. he called it viewpoint discrimination and violation of the first amendment. pro-choice advocates and the aclu praised that decision but the ruling suggests, they
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